While some people use fireplaces simply for the aesthetic effect, others utilize them to reduce the cost of heating their homes. No matter how efficient your fireplace, it needs help to spread heat throughout your home. That extra boost in the Caframo Ecofan! Caframo's Ecofans are easy on both the environment and your wallet, requiring no energy source apart from the heat of your fireplace. It is available for wood-burning, gas, or pellet-powered stoves, and its attractive design will add beauty to your hearth.
Does the Ecofan work effectively with a pellet stove?
The fan can be effective, but it depends on the surface temperatures achieved by your stove. I highly recommend using a magnetic thermometer or infrared thermometer to check the surface temperature of the stove while it is operating.
The fan will simply stand upon the top of your wood or gas stove. Care should be taken to ensure that enough clearance is maintained between the fan blades and any vent piping. Once the stove surpasses the starting temperature for the fan, the blades will begin to turn.
Is the three bladed Ecofan more efficient or more quiet than the two bladed Ecofan?
The three-bladed Ecofan is only suitable for use on gas stoves, whereas the two other models (both with two blades), are the only options for a wood stove. Thus, the model you need will depend on what kind of stove you have.
Submitted by:Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on December 13, 2013
How long should these fans last before they need to be replaced?
On average, the fan motors will last approximately 3 years before needing replacement. Your actual experience will vary, based on the average stove temperature and frequency of use. Replacement motors are available and easy to change.
Submitted by:Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 13, 2013
While the blades of the fan are not enclosed, they do not spin fast enough to cause injury. In addition to that, their stove top location makes it unlikely that you would have contact with the item during operation.
Submitted by:Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 24, 2013
How do you oil the Ecofan? Where do you put the oil?
First, we recommend that you inspect the motor for debris and dust, and use a can of compressed air to clean out the motor housing. Then, lay the fan on its back and apply a couple of drops of machine oil to the motor shaft, near its penetration to the motor housing.
Submitted by:Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 21, 2013
Why are some fans for wood stoves and some for gas?
Because wood and gas stoves will have much different surface temperatures, different motors are used in each Ecofan to optimize performance.
The gas stove fans are designed to start operating at a lower temperature and are not designed to be exposed to the high temperatures generated by a wood stove. The wood stove fans start operating at a higher temperature and would not move much air if used with a gas stove.
Submitted by:Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 31, 2012